Houston Forward Times

09 July 2013 Written by  Nicholas Norman

NBA Free Agency Moves

Now that the dust has settled on Dwightmare 2.0, free agents are looking to wrap up their search of a new team. The most sobering truth of an NBA free-agency period is that it doesn't get more fun the longer it lasts.  The Sacramento Kings and Carl Landry have agreed to a four-year deal worth at least $26 million that will bring the power forward back to California’s capital city. Landry’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Saturday that final details of the contract were still being worked out and it could reach $27 million over the life of the deal.

The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a $54 million, four-year contract with free agent Josh Smith. The 6-feet-9, 225-pound forward scored a team-high 17.4 points last season for Atlanta and also averaged 8.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals.

Detroit will start the 27-year-old in its front court with power forward Greg Monroe and center Andre Drummond.

The Golden State Warriors agreed to sign Andre Iguodala to a four-year, $48 million deal as a free agent. Instead, a new deal offers Golden State more salary-cap flexibility, giving Denver a $9 million trade exception and helps Utah build with expiring contracts and draft picks. Golden State will clear more than $24 million by sending Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins and Brandon Rush to the Jazz, with draft picks including 2014 and 2017 first-rounders, according to Yahoo Sports. The players are in the last year of their deals. The Warriors are taking back only Kevin Murphy and his non-guaranteed $788,000 deal from Utah.


Free agent big man Al Jefferson is headed to the Charlotte Bobcats. The Utah Jazz center, after a two-day visit with the Bobcats, has verbally agreed to a three-year contract with Charlotte worth an estimated $41 million. The deal contains a player option in Jefferson's contract after the second year.

The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a two-year $19 million deal with free agent forward Paul Millsap. Millsap, a 28-year-old, 6-8 power forward played seven seasons with the Jazz, averaging 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Utah last season. In 2012, he posted a 21.2 per. and had a true shooting percentage (factoring 3's and free throws) of 55 percent last season. Millsap is a monster inside and able to stretch the floor.

The Milwaukee Bucks have reached a verbal agreement with free agent shooting guard O.J. Mayo on a three year, $24 million deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Mayo averaged 15.3 points and 4.4 assists per game last season for the Dallas Mavericks, and he will fill the void left by J.J. Redick after a three-team trade sent him to the Clippers this week.

Other big name stars are being offered deals but have yet to sign. One worth mentioning is 76ers center Andrew Bynum. He has offers from the Dallas Mavericks and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has yet to make a decision.

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